Our Staff

Our Staff

Ministry Staff

Donovan Drake
Pastor and Head of Staff

Donovan was born in Waukegan, IL, and grew up in Orange City, IA, and Vincennes, IN. A graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Donovan also holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, and a D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has served churches in Morganton, NC, and Durham, NC. His primary areas of interest and experience in ministry include preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Donovan is married to Beth Beran Drake, the only other Presbyterian that he found on the campus of Northwestern College. The Drakes have two children. Michael who is working in Nashville and McKenzie who is working in Mississippi. In his spare time, Donovan enjoys playing golf, racquetball, bike riding, reading and spending time with his family.  |  Contact Donovan.


Heidi Hudnut-Beumler
Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Heidi is a graduate of Brown University and Union Theological Seminary (New York). She has served three large, multi-staff churches much like Westminster: in New York City (associate), northern New Jersey and Indianapolis (both interim associates); one mid-size church in central New Jersey (associate); and a solo pastorate in Nashville. In addition, she brings training and experience in hospital chaplaincy and interim ministry. Heidi is excited about this opportunity to continue the strong ministries shepherded by the recently retired Rev. Carson Salyer, and to be a part of Westminster's dynamic staff team and vibrant congregation.

Rev. Hudnut-Beumler (pronounced "Boym-ler) is married to the Rev. Dr. James Hudnut-Beumler, Vanderbilt Divinity School professor of American Religious Studies and former dean. They have two children, Julia, who is in her fourth year of medical school at Vanderbilt and Adam, a senior at Princeton. Heidi is eager to get up to speed quickly and be aware needs for congregational care, so please take a moment to introduce yourself in the coming weeks, and share needs as they arise. For together, as Paul has written, we bear each other's burdens and rejoice in each other's joys as the body of Christ. Contact Heidi.


Guy D. Griffith
Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Spiritual Nurture

Guy Griffith is of Welsh ancestry and was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  An avid reader, Guy is nurtured by art, the theatre and nature. He enjoys studying and writing poetry, the occasional round of golf, and cheering on Manchester United and Barcelona soccer teams. He holds a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary (Christian Spirituality); a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (Homiletics and Missiology); and a B.A. from the American University, School of International Service (International Relations with a minor in philosophy/religion). Prior to joining Westminster's staff, Guy served churches in Alpharetta and Dalton, Georgia, Libertyville, Illinois, and Charlotte, North Carolina. He is married to Amy, a native of Greeneville, Tennessee, who holds degrees from UT Knoxville and a Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University. They are the proud parents of college-aged twins, Benjamin and Leah, and keep up with two big fluffy dogs, Romeo and Teddy.  |  Contact Guy.


Sophie Maness
Executive Director of Family Ministries

Sophie Maness was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in the Presbyterian Church. She received her BA in psychology from Randolph-Macon College and her MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond. As a certified Christian Educator, Sophie has enjoyed working with children and parents for over twenty years. Her husband Roger has recently retired from thirty-nine years of service to the Presbyterian Church. Her twins, Jerry and Sophie Ann, have recently graduated from college. Sophie and Roger both like to hike, play and entertain friends and family. |  Contact Sophie.


John Semingson
Director of Music Ministries

John Semingson is the Director of Music Ministries for Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he oversees a multi-faceted music program, involving nearly two hundred (200) children, youth and adults.  Prior to this, John served as Minister of Music and Organist at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina; Director of the University of North Carolina-Asheville Community Chorus; the Carolina Chamber Singers; and was Centennial Summer Director and Organist for the Montreat Conference Center.  Since his childhood days in the Illinois Boy Choir, John has performed as a singer, organist and/or conductor in this country, Europe, China and Japan. John has a great love for liturgy and music, but especially for the integration of music as proclamation, prayer and praise within the various offices of worship.  A native of Illinois, John has studied at Southern Illinois University, Westminster Choir College (where he was the winner of the Alexander McCurdy Organ Competition and a Clark Foundation Scholar), Scarritt Graduate School (Presidential Scholar) and Northwestern University. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama in August 2002. |  Contact John.


Polly Brecht

Polly is the Organist and Music Associate at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville and staff accompanist at the Blair School of Music. She holds degrees in piano and organ performance as well as the Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, and a Doctorate in organ performance and a certificate in harpsichord from Florida State University. She does extensive performing and was Associate Professor of organ, harpsichord and theory at Middle Tennessee State University. |  Contact Polly.


Jo Ann McFarlin

Jo Ann relocated to Nashville from Oklahoma City, where she was the Executive Director of Westminster Presbyterian Church for more than 13 years. Prior to that, she lived in Chicago and was the Business Administrator at 4th Presbyterian Church for 3 years.  When she relocated to Chicago, she came from Tulsa, Oklahoma and was the Church Administrator at First Presbyterian Church for more than 12 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and an M.B.A. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, reading mysteries (particularly British mysteries), going to concerts and plays, and her most favorite is to travel. | Contact Jo Ann.


Margie Quinn
Director of Youth and Their Families

Margie Quinn was born right here in Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up as the baby of six kids and attended high school at the University School of Nashville. Margie received her B.A. in Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia. She then moved to Seattle, Washington for a few years to work in homelessness advocacy. Despite her love of the North Cascades, Margie moved back to the south in the fall of 2016 to pursue her Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. She received her M.Div in the spring of 2019, with a concentration in Preaching and a certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Theology.

Margie grew up working at summer camps across the southeast. She has been passionate about young people for as long as she can remember. Margie has served as the Summer Camp Director at Christmount Retreat Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina and most recently, the Program Director at Bethany Hills Camp in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. She is thrilled to continue her work in youth ministry as the Director of Youth and their Families at Westminster. When she is not at church, Margie enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, singing and playing guitar, and reading poetry. Margie is currently pursuing ordination through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). | Contact Margie.


T. J. Piccolo
Associate Director of Youth

T.J. Piccolo claims magnificent Michigan as his home state. After four years in the Windy City, he received his B.A. in Playwriting from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. T.J. then served two years as a Young Adult Volunteer. One year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and one year in Nashville, where he spent his time at Room In The Inn, as well as with the youth of Westminster. After a lovely stint in Port Huron—the hotspot of Michigan's “thumb”—as a Youth Leader for FPC Port Huron, T.J. excitedly returned to Westminster and Nashville. In his free time, T.J. enjoys writing, running, reading Irish folklore, eating Burger Up, and secretly living inside the Charlotte location of Hattie B's. | Contact T.J.


Katie Gossage
Associate Director of Youth and Programming

Katie is a fourth-generation Nashville native and holds a degree in French and Studio Art from Belmont University. After four years in Pittsburgh, PA, Katie came home to serve as the Youth Ministry Director at Woodmont Christian Church in Green Hills from 2015-2019. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge, experience, and heart for young people to Westminster. Katie is married to another rare Nashville native, Kevin, and they welcomed their first son, Penn, in 2017. You can likely find her around a table with family, playing trivia with friends, or cheering on the Preds from section 305. | Contact Katie.


Administrative Staff

Sally Mae Arnn
Music Assistant

Trisha Presley

Joann Covington

Terri Eckert
Assistant to the Pastor

Sherri Givens

Claire Jenkins
Church Nursery Director

Alec Koukol


Kris Pardue

Hannah Sims
Congregational Care


Facilities Staff

Paul Silva
Facility Manager

Brian Kelley

John Penton

J.W. Pryor

Camille Torchon

Terry Vailes

Kathy Williams
Head of Housekeeping





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